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GestureTek Mobile Wins Prestigious LAPTOP Magazine Award

Company’s ‘EyeMobile® Engine’ Wins ‘Best of CTIA Wireless and Entertainment’ Award at San Francisco Conference

OCT, 26, 2007

TORONTO, CANADA - GestureTek Inc. - the pioneer and world leader in computer vision technology and provider of state-of-the-art gesture-based interactive solutions for nearly twenty years – today announced that the company’s mobile business unit, GestureTek Mobile, has been recognized by LAPTOP magazine.  The company’s EyeMobile® Engine was named “Best Entertainment Application” at the 2007 CTIA Awards (International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry), presented on October 23-25 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. 

“As the wireless lifestyle becomes more pervasive in our society, people will always be looking for new ways to work and play wirelessly,” said Vincent John Vincent, President and Co-Founder of GestureTek. “We are proud of this award for our EyeMobile® Engine, as it affirms GestureTek’s groundbreaking contribution in this exciting space.”

GestureTek’s EyeMobile® Engine takes mobile gaming and navigation to new heights. This software-only solution uses the existing camera on a mobile device to deliver a gesture-based interface to mobile applications. An entertaining and intuitive alternative to conventional button interfaces, EyeMobile® allows users to do anything they would normally do with their mobile device, such as play games, answer calls, make menu selections or scroll, pan and zoom in on photos, simply by shaking, rocking or rolling their device. With the EyeMobile® Engine, handset manufacturers can offer all the benefits of gesture recognition technology without the expense and real-estate of adding specialized hardware.

The EyeMobile® Engine application programming interface (API) also provides application developers with the means to integrate motion control into their applications, much as they do with current analog controls such as keys and buttons.

GestureTek’s 2000+ clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Verizon, CNN, NASA, BMW, Ford, Oracle, Intel, IBM, Federal Express and Panasonic, as well as NTT DoCoMo and Telefonica. Leaders such as Microsoft, Sony and Hasbro have also licensed GestureTek software for their gaming products. More information about GestureTek and the company’s technologies can be found at www.gesturetek.com.

About GestureTek Mobile
GestureTek Mobile is a world leader in gesture-based user interface for mobile devices and the inventor of the patented, award-winning EyeMobile Engine.  EyeMobile Engine is the world’s first software-only solution that uses the existing camera on a cell phone or mobile Internet device to provide people with the ability to interact with their device using gestures. By shaking, rocking or rolling the phone (or making hand motions in front of the phone) users can answer a call, play mobile games, scroll menus, navigate maps, view images and documents, browse the web, enter text messages and do anything else they would normally do on their mobile device, without pressing buttons.  Licensees of GestureTek’s patents or technologies include Sony for the EyeToy, Microsoft for the XBOX 360 and Hasbro for the ION Educational Gaming System.  GestureTek Mobile’s award wins include the 2008 Mobile Innovation Global Award, the LAPTOP Magazine ‘Best of CTIA’ Award and the NATPE++ Award for the Hottest Mobile Application.  Games powered by the EyeMobile Engine have been recognized by the BREW Game Developer Awards, the International Mobile Gaming Awards and the IGN Editors Choice Awards.  GestureTek Mobile developed the first gesture-recognition software to be embedded in NTT DoCoMo phones in Japan and provided the software for the first gesture-controlled mapping application on a cellphone.  EyeMobile supports many handsets on the JAVA, BREW, SYMBIAN, WINDOWS MOBILE and DOJA platforms. Applications are available for over the air download on the Verizon network.  Full developer tools are available on the Qualcomm website.   A catalogue of turnkey games and applications for multiple platforms are available from the GestureTek mobile site. GestureTek Mobile is a business unit of GestureTek Inc., pioneer, patent-holder and world-leader in computer vision control for presentation and entertainment systems.

GestureTek technologies have international patent protection. U.S patents include 5,534,917 (Video image based control system), 7,058,204 (Multiple camera control system), 7,227,526 (3D-vision image control system), 7,379,563 (Bi-manual movement tracker) and 7,379,566 (Optical flow-based tilt sensor). EyeMobile® is protected under patent TMA 700,194 with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for "mobile device application software featuring gesture recognition technology."

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